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Sian
Thursday 17 Jun 2010

Woods Bagot celebrate 15th global office in China with 36 sq km eco-tourism centre

Shortly after opening its fifteenth global office in Shanghai, the firm have presented the concept design for a vast 36 sq km development in Hangzhou, China, which they hope will ‘transform the city into an international eco-tourism centre’. Working in partnership with the Hangzhou Planning Bureau, Woods Bagot intend to adapt a picturesque area of rural parkland into a focal point for cultural tourism. Plans include hospitality facilities, public space and an extensive expanse of natural wetland (13 sq km). Woods Bagot has confirmed that they will ‘preserve the cultural characteristics and natural beauty of the territory’ whilst transforming the area into an economically viable tourist attraction.

Key to this project is the inclusion of sustainable features, creating a low carbon community that is ecologically efficient. As such, an extensive network for walking and cycling is set to be constructed throughout the entire development in an effort to reduce carbon-emitting forms of transport. This green infrastructure will combine with major renewal sites and wetland ecology schemes to lower water demands and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is hoped that the development of the Xixi Wetland International Tourism Region will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the city.

Woods Bagot Senior Associate, Ian Hau, said: “Our priority in the planning for the Xixi Wetland International Tourism region first and foremost is the preservation of what’s already spectacularly unique about the region, its intrinsic beauty, elevating Xixi’s profile to that of Hangzhou’s premiere destination, Westlake. The landscape design for the new development is complimentary of the Hangzhou wetlands, immersing it within what is already present.”

Sian Disson
Editorial Assistant

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